“Stick to the forest-track, keep your spirits up, hope for the best, and with a tremendous slice of luck you may come out one day and see the Long Marshes lying below you, and beyond them, high in the East, the Lonely Mountain where dear old Smaug lives, though I hope he is not expecting you”. (Gandalf) J.R.R Tolkien.
We could have summer on its way at long last: being UK, don’t blink otherwise it could pass unnoticed !
There is light and it’s getting closer.
Tree stump – from my files.
Little did I know when I made this, that it would be the last walk in the grounds of Castle Howard for several weeks: if I’d known, I would have stayed out longer.
Out for a walk and even the trees are huddled together in their haste to get away from me in these troubling times.
Overhead lines in fog – Clapton in Gordano.
Waiting for the warmer days of spring.
I walked along this clearing until the wind got so bad that discretion was the better part of valour; falling branches might give me a nasty headache.
A stand of trees on the horizon – it snowed a few hours after I made this. Unfortunately by the time the wind & snow stopped and I was thinking of taking another walk with my camera, the heavy rain returned so no more snow.
Early morning walk before the rain returns, it has been a very wet couple of months, way behind with all the jobs we had planned.
Going out with a camera in the heavy rain is not my idea of fun !!!
Started doing some clearing of fallen branches, gathering plant pots that had blown away and generally checking things around the house, until the rain sent me back indoors. Have not even started on our static caravan at Castle Howard, at least we have avoided the floods that many people have suffered. Don’t tempt fate David.
It could be worse:-
1607: Bristol floods
Some 2,000 people drowned around the Severn Estuary, with 200 square miles of farmland inundated. Long blamed on a storm surge, it is now suspected that the devastation was caused by a tsunami.
1703: Great Storm
The Great Storm of 1703 was described as the worst natural disaster ever to hit southern Britain. Between 8,000 and 15,000 lives were lost and the lead roofing was blown off Westminster Abbey.
1891: Great Blizzard
More than 200 people died and Cornwall and Devon completely cut off from the rest of the country by a great blanket of snow that covered much of the two counties.
1953: North Sea flood
A severe windstorm over the North Sea combined with an unusually high spring tide caused a storm surge in both eastern England and Holland. Over 300 people died in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, and in Holland around 1,800 died.
1962/3: the harsh winter
From Boxing Day 1962 to March 1963 much of the UK was covered with snow. In January the sea froze for up to a mile out from Herne Bay and the upper Thames froze over.
1987: Great Hurricane
Michael Fish (metrologist on BBC) laughed off suggestions a hurricane was on the way. A few hours later 22 were dead, 15 million trees uprooted and wind speeds of 122 mph were recorded in Norfolk.
Info from Mark Piggott (IBTimes UK)
A sawn & abandoned tree trunk.
Another tree image I am afraid, it’s the time of year when they are at their best for being photographed and they don’t seem to mind the intrusion.
As the sun goes down on a cold Autumn evening..
It’s nice to see that all my scheduled posts have been published, I have never used the facility before.
I have been away from Driffield over the New Year so internet has been rather haphazard; there is only one reliable provider in the area and it’s not the one I’m with.
Bent old tree.
Yashica Mat 124G on Ilford HP5.
This was a negative that I was never able to print in the darkroom, I messed up the processing by using a rather hot stopbath by mistake. It caused mild reticulation & a slight increase in the film grain. I had filed the roll away and thought nothing more about it until I came across it again the other day, but nothing ventured nothing gained. Could I scan it and make a digital print that came close to my original visualisation ?
I used Lightroom and Nik software then printed it on matte art paper that has a slight textured surface, so although this Jpeg doesn’t give a true representation it’s close enough and I am pleased with the print.
Nikon F4, Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AFD lens on Ilford FP4
Not sure if this is an old Drovers’ way marker or a ‘Standing Stone’ that has been bypassed by the track.
A drovers’ road, drove [road] or droveway is a route for moving livestock on foot from one place to another, such as to market or between summer and winter pasture Many drovers’ roads were ancient routes of unknown age; others are known to date back to medieval times
A rather nice walk, although it can be muddy on a wet day.
Memories of warmer weather in Somerset.
Nikon F4, Nikkor 43-86 Ai f3.5 lens (soft focus filter) and Ilford FP4 Plus.
Trip, trap, trip, trap! went the bridge
Who’s that tripping over my bridge? roared the troll
Oh, it is only I, the tiniest Billy Goat Gruff